We visited the kids at Precious Blood Catholic School and helped out with a Garageband Workshop. Instrumental music teacher, Danielle Smith had engaged her class by asking them to make a movie trailer using iMovie prior to our visit. The kids chose a variety of themes for their movie trailer but then needed to add about one minute worth of music to finish it all off with. What better solution in a music class then to add your own musical composition! So that’s what we set off to do and the Workshop was met with a huge amount of enthusiasm by all!
Our Garageband Workshops today at Prince of Peace Catholic School were presented to a captivated audience. TDCSB Resource Teacher, Liane Paixao and myself joined forces to deliver what ended up being a very fun, and successful workshop for all.
“ The one thing that I was hoping for was getting myself more used to using technology in the classroom and I think that has been accomplished because I have started to think where I can use these applications, and when.” Francesca Adamo, Prince of Peace Grade 6 TeacherGrade 5 and 6 students combined for a full day of hands on learning with their iPads and Garageband. The result was 60 new songs, created by 60 enthusiastic kids as part of a cross curricular learning adventure. The children were asked to bring in artifacts that were “personal, and had great emotional meaning to them” and by applying their newfound knowledge of what “Mood, Tempo, Pitch and Dynamics” in music means, go and create their own song that best represented their feelings about the artifacts.
“So phenomenal, that we want to have more kids being able to learn (GarageBand).” Martha Fitzpatrick, Prince of Peace Elementary School PrincipalIt was an endearing process as many of the children brought in photographs of their family members accompanied by a short description of their thoughts. We managed to post 52 of the songs on Youtube for the kids to brag about! We even managed to coax a few of the students into laying down a vocal track! In addition, the workshop gained rave reviews from teachers at Prince of Peace as well as the Principal herself, Martha Fitzpatrick but seriously, there’s nothing more heartwarming than the approval and excitement of the kids once they’ve experienced the feeling of making a song that they’ve dedicated to their loved ones!
“The kids we all lined up, (at recess) outside looking in here and I could see they all wanted to get in on the action”
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